Alan Rankine, founding member, guitarist and keyboardist of Scottish band The Associates, has died aged 64. This was announced on Tuesday (January 3) by his sons Callum and Hamish. The cause of death is still unknown.
In the late 1970s, Rankine and singer Billy Mackenzie founded the Associates, which released three albums before he left in 1982: THE AFFECTIONATE PUNCH (1980), the single compilation FOURTH DRAWER DOWN (1981) and SULK (1982). Rankine then became a producer and worked on albums by the Cocteau Twins, among other things, before he started his solo career in 1986. He later taught at Stow College in Glasgow and helped the students at the time to set up the Electric Honey label, whose productions launched the careers of Biffy Clyro, Belle & Sebastian and Snow Patrol, among others. In 1990 the Associates finally disbanded.
So far no information on the cause of death
“He died peacefully at home shortly after spending Christmas with his family,” the sons said in a statement on Facebook. “He was a wonderful, kind and loving person who will be sorely missed.”
The family continued: “The Facebook community has always meant a lot to our father. So we think it would be nice to continue to maintain his account. We invite you to celebrate his life on this page.” Only people who are friends with Rankine on Facebook can see the post.
Family and friends mourn the deceased
Many people have shared their condolences on social media, including Duglas T. Stewart. The BMX Bandits singer tweeted: “Very sad news that Alan Rankine passed away today. I found out about Alan through The Associates and later got to know him a little. Love to his family and everyone who loved him.”
Very sad news today that Alan Rankine has died. I first became aware of Alan through The Associates and later got to know him a little. He looks very beautiful in this clip. Sending love to his family and all who loved him.https://t.co/A319xoswsr
— Duglas T Stewart (@DuglasTStewart) January 3, 2023
Scottish journalist John Dingwall posted: “I am deeply saddened to learn that my dear friend Alan Rankine of The Associates has passed away. We lived just around the corner and had arranged to meet for a coffee. RIP Alan Rankine, a wonderful soul. And my condolences to his entire family.”
Very sad to hear the news that my dear friend Alan Rankine of The Associates has died. We lived around the corner from each other and had planned to meet for a coffee. RIP Alan Rankine, a beautiful soul, and condolences to all his family x pic.twitter.com/fNyjcVwy3Z
— John Dingwall (@johndingwall) January 3, 2023
Listen to The Associates and Alan Rankine’s latest collaborative effort, SULK, here: